MOUNT MORRIS – Two dogs passed away in Saturday morning’s apartment fire on Trumbull Street, which damaged the building beyond repair and displaced seven people.
Mount Morris Police Chief Ken Mignemi said that Code Enforcement Officer Shawn Grasby condemned the entire structure, which contained six apartments.
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“The only loss of life was two small dogs,” said Mignemi. “Code Enforcement has condemned the structure and the Red Cross is here now assisting seven people who are displaced. But everybody did a good job and no people were injured.”
Civilian passerbys grabbed a ladder and freed people who were trapped upstairs while the fire burned below. Everyone was free of the structure before fire trucks arrived. Mount Morris Assistant Fire Chief Rodney Cobb thanked the civilians for their quick, safe action.
Mignemi added that investigators with the Livingston County Office of Emergency Management found the fire to be accidental.
The Mount Morris Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Multiple ambulances, including crews with Mount Morris, Nunda and Livingston County, stood by at the scene. Firefighters were supplied water and shade after working in the intense morning heat.
The Mount Morris Fire Department arrived at the scene first and requested mutual assistance from Cuylerville, Leicester, Nunda and Geneseo. The Groveland Fire Department filled in at Mount Morris’ hall while they were at the scene.